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New York Times, Saturday, July 20, 2019

Author:
Sam Trabucco
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Sam Trabucco

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 21 for Mr. Trabucco. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Sam Trabucco notes:
This ended up being a bit of a NERD FEST. Starting off with SPAM BOTS, we've also got SETTLERS OF CATAN (which I've played about a ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Playing SETTLERS OF CATAN with friends? AH, THIS IS THE LIFE! I wondered how many solvers would struggle with the former, only to say ... read more
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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0720 ( 25,456 )
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Junk dealers? : SPAMBOTS
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Ghost buster, of a sort : PACMAN
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Fix without doctoring : HOMECURE
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Many a magnet has one : USHAPE
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Thought accompanying a light bulb : OHIGETIT
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Like speakeasies and fridges, at times : RAIDED
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One may be copped : PLEA
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"Bandleader" with a 1967 #1 album : SGTPEPPER
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Dr. ___ : DRE
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On the ___ : LAM
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Go with the wind? : SAIL
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Big times : ERAS
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Man's name that's an alphabet run : STU
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The Panthers of the A.C.C. : PITT
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Commonplace : TRITE
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Passes, slangily : TIX
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Comment of complete contentment : AHTHISISTHELIFE
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___ A. Bank (men's clothier since 1905) : JOS
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Man's name that means "the king" : ELROY
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Last word in many company names : SONS
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Tidbit for an echidna : ANT
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Tone-___ : DEAF
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Of very poor quality, in modern slang : JANK
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Old Model M's and Model T-6s : REOS
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Blues group?: Abbr. : DNC
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It's truly inspired : AWE
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Offerings from Friskies : CATTREATS
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Gradually cut off (from) : WEAN
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1962 John Wayne film : HATARI
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Hit list : TOPFORTY
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Handle, of a sort : USERID
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Descended upon, as mosquitoes might : ATEALIVE
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"Another Bud, bud!" : BEERME
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Comic con, e.g. : NERDFEST
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Prime directive? : SHOP
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Nebula Award winner Frederik : POHL
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Guy's gal : AMIE
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Pioneering thrash metal band with its own music festival, Gigantour : MEGADETH
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Dating letters : BCE
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Commencement : OUTSET
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Class in which kids may learn about sin? : TRIG
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Best-selling game with a hexagonal board : SETTLERSOFCATAN
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College area of study with no application required? : PUREMATH
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On the double : ASAP
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Contents of a bowl or a pot : CHIPS
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Complained loudly and publicly : MADEASTINK
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Kir and Campari, for two : APERITIFS
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Stark family member on "Game of Thrones" : NED
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What the U.S. and Canadian dollars had, roughly, in the early 2010s : PARITY
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Made looser or tighter, in a way : RETIED
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Opulence : LUXE
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Is perfect, clothing-wise : FITSTOATEE
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It's got its ups and downs : SEESAW
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Mobile home? : PHONECASE
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Capital on the Balkan Peninsula : TIRANE
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Barely open : AJAR
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It's going downhill : SLEDRIDE
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Not a team player : LONEWOLF
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Often-reddish quartz : JASPER
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1990s' ___ Report : STARR
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Crop : TRIM
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Something brought to a supermarket : TOTE
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City on a lake of the same name : ERIE
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Off-road rides, for short : ATVS
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Vote in the Security Council : NYET
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Nucleus : HUB
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Something everyone's doing : FAD

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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